Interior Design

Masseria: The Italian Farmhouses of Puglia

Located on Italy’s sun-drenched southeast coast, the unique and rustic interiors of Puglia’s ancient Masserie buildings speak of a historic past and are inspiring to all those who love rustic living. Surrounded by verdant vineyards and groves of olive trees, the Masserie of Puglia—fortified domestic structures of brick, stone, and concrete dating from the Middle Ages—embody a rich cultural past largely unexplored by the tourists and villa-seekers of Tuscany. Once serving as farmhouses and way stations for those traveling along the Via Appia, these buildings have been renovated to serve as private residences or boutique hotels, with their beautifully preserved interiors thoughtfully adapted and turned into a cool serenity. With striking photography by Mark Roskams, this book offers a previously unseen look into these spaces. Simultaneously austere and luxurious, the simple yet spacious rooms retain their original charm, including stone kitchen fireplaces, churchlike arched hallways, and magnificent marble floors. The rustic reds, golden yellows, and cornflower blues of classic Italy are surprising when set against the dazzlingly white backdrops of medieval stucco and stone. Richly contextualized with original essays by architect and scholar Diane Lewis, this volume will inspire interior lovers with the details of this unique and rustic architectural style.

About The Author

Mark Roskams is a Miami-based photographer who specializes in architecture and interior design. His work has been featured in such publications as Metropolitan Home, Elle Décor, and Home. Diane Lewis is a professor of design at Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. A recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture, she recently edited the book Inside-Out: Architecture New York City.

  • Publish Date: April 12, 2011
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9 x 10
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $55.00
  • CDN Price: $64.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-3590-4


“Masseria: The Italian Farmhouses of Puglia is a pictorial feast with 200 color photographs of restored farm buildings whose spaces are both austere and luxurious. The simple yet open rooms of the masserie (plural for masseria) have kept their original charm with stone fireplaces, arched hallways, and magnificent marble floors. The rustic colors of Italy’s sun-drenched coast are beautifully set against dazzling white backdrops of medieval stucco and stone in a volume which will inspire lovers of architectural history and culture with the details of the rustic and modern charm of this distinctive architectural style.” ~The Italian Tribune

“This book made me realize how much we overthink design in our homes. Gasp at the freshness and rawness of these gorgeous whitewashed structures in Italy’s Puglia region.” ~Life in a Venti Cup
“…Masseria: The Italian Farmhouses of Puglia is a striking book of photographs and essays dedicated to the ancient domestic buildings of southern Italy…. Stark but captivating constructions of medieval stucco and calcified stone, many of them in recent years have been converted to private residences and boutique hotels. While they differ greatly in style, all share a profound sense of space, light and serenity.” ~Things You Should Know

"Italian architecture and style changes depending on the geography and climate of each region. Explore a rustic Italy with the masserias of Puglia. These particular farmhouses are open to guests, serving as a sort of bed and breakfast in Puglia." —Italian Bark

Author Bookshelf: Mark Roskams